Be afraid, but do it anyway. Live anyway!

It’s mid-week again already! Time is flying by for me at the moment because I’ve only got 3 more days left at my current job. So this means I’ve been busy trying to finish everything off as much as possible – I want to leave with everything organised and ready, not having things a mess! When I finish on Friday (woohoo) I will have a weekend of fun times ahead in London with my friends,  and then I am off to The Netherlands for about a week to get some much needed rest & relaxing at home with my family. Home for me is the ideal place to unwind and feel at peace. I absolutely love being near the beach and because I haven’t lived in The Netherlands for over 12 years, it means I don’t have much of a social life there – which suits me just perfectly haha.

There have been a few up and downs in my life recently and seeing this quote reminded me that you know what? It’s totally OK to be afraid. We are all afraid – of so many different things; like change, being hurt, love, pain or new beginnings & that list could go on forever.

 Be afraid, but do it anyway. Live anyway!

“My whole life I’ve been telling myself “don’t be afraid.” And it’s only now that I’m realising how stupid that is. Don’t be afraid. Like saying “don’t move out of the way when someone tries to punch you” or “don’t flinch at the heat of a fire” or “don’t blink”. Don’t be human. I’m afraid and you’re afraid and we’re all always going to be afraid, because that’s the point. What I should be telling myself is “be afraid, but do it anyway.” Live anyway.”

So, here’s what I know. I’m afraid. I’m terrified. But I’m also excited. The unknown awaits me. And so, although I don’t know what’s ahead and that’s scary. But I am going to live anyway, and who knows what I’ll find. But I can’t wait to find out :) Happy Hump Day everyone!


  
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How do you like them apples?

“Will: Do you like apples?
Clark: Yeah.
Will: Well, I got her number. How do you like them apples?”

Haha I love that line from the movie Good Will Hunting! Any-hoo on the subject of apples, this Sunday me and some friends headed out of London for the day for something a little different. Turns out that in October many Apple orchards in the UK celebrate Apple Day – and at Pippins Farm, which is near Tunbridge Wells in Kent, they were holding an open farm event in association with Hospice in the Weald. One of my friends actually knows the owners of this orchard and she had organised a fun day out for us to tour the apple orchard, drink ciders, feast on a hog roast & toffee apples and to  play some fun apple games.  Here are some photos of our day out at Pippins Farm Orchard…

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It was so nice to escape the city to do something completely different for a change on a Sunday! The food was delicious and after a few too many few ciders we frolicked around the apple orchard like crazy people! But oh what fun we had & I love these silly but extremely wonderful people. How do you like them apples? ;)


  
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Watermelon, Feta and Basil Skewers

These super delicious Watermelon, Feta and Basil skewers are a perfect warm weather party pleaser. I actually made them for my birthday back in August, and I’ve been meaning to blog about them & share the recipe with you all for the last two months but I just didn’t get around to it. Sorry, because here in the northern hemisphere we are now hitting winter, but for my Southern Hemisphere readers out there – definitely add this little beauty of a canapé recipe to your summer to-make list!

Fresh, sweet watermelon and feta cheese are a match made in food heaven and balance each other so well because of the salty-sweet combo. And the addition of basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar makes it even more delicious. Plus you can prepare these bites in minutes and it’s refreshing, light and healthy!

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Watermelon, Feta and Basil Skewers

Ingredients:

Fresh watermelon
Block of feta cheese (handy little tip: pop your feta into the freezer an hour before you’re ready to use it–this makes it easy to cube and keeps it from crumbling on your skewer)
Bunch of fresh basil leaves
Reduced balsamic vinegar (optional, not in my photos)

Method:

Cut the chilled watermelon into approximately 5cm cubes. And cut the feta carefully into similar sized cubes–being careful not to crush or crumble it. On a small skewer assemble the canapé by stacking a cube of watermelon,  feta cheese and fresh basil. Continue until all are assembled.  Then lightly drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve.

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So simple but oh so tasty! The combination of watermelon and feta actually also works really well as a refreshing salad – for example THIS recipe is a real winner! Have you ever tried this combination of sweet and salty before?


  
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Brunch at Daisy Green, Marble Arch London

I recently discovered a great new brunch spot in London – Daisy Green in Marble Arch! This quirky little cafe was recommended to me by a friend of mine. And it turns out that quite a few of my friends actually know the Aussie born owner Prue Freeman. Prue gave up her legal career to follow her foodie dreams to set up Daisy Green. I truly admire that kind of courage, because really it’s secretly my dream too – to one day open my own cafe….

She actually started Daisy Green originally in a 1975 Ford Transit called “Pinky”, selling frozen yogurt on the streets of London & at festivals and events. But now she’s got a great cafe in Portman Village / Marble Arch, plus also a smaller versions called ‘Beany Green‘ serving artisan coffee and treats from funky ‘hole in the wall’ locations based in Paddington/Little Venice and Southbank.  In her cafes Prue’s aim is to bring quality, health, personality and love to the streets of London.

This weekend after our Saturday morning Running Club session we all made our way to Daisy Green for a post-exercise brunch. I love the quirky design and features of the cafe – it definitely looks like a happy place don’t you think?

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We started with coffee and juices while we all tried to decide what to order from the Aussie Brunch menu – I mean it all sounded so damn delicious. And while we waited for our food to arrive, some of us just couldn’t resist entertaining joking around with the wwabbit head in the cafe! ;)

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OK enough silliness…..Let’s eat brunch shall we?

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Some of the dishes that we ordered: AVOCADO w labne & lime on dark rye + with an added poached egg (that was me, an easy guess right?) // Broccoli and corn fritters with avocado and a poached egg // The summer salad with quinoa, samphire, cucumber, sun blushed tomatoes, avocado and seeds + with added bacon and a poached egg // two organic free range eggs (poached in this cafe) with tomato on sourdough + side of avocado and bacon.

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Other dishes on the menu I will have to try next time at Daisy Green are the Shakshouka baked eggs (PS: check out my two of my personal winning baked egg recipes HERE and HERE) and the homemade Maple granola w thick yogurt, seasonal fruits & coconut flakes – yummy!

Daisy Green is also known for it’s own homemade Banana Bread so we couldn’t resist also ordering ‘Marco’s Famous Banana Bread Sandwich’ to share. Think delicious freshly baked banana bread with honey, whipped cream and fresh berries! Oeh la la it was gooooooood.

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We had a great time at Daisy Green and loved the food, vibe and super friendly service. I will definitely be back :) Will you go and check it out?

Daisy Green of Portman Village
20 Seymour Street
W1H 7HX, London
Phone:0207 723 3301
http://daisygreenfood.com
reservations@daisygreenfood.com
Or follow Daisy Green on Instagram HERE or Twitter HERE


  
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Good friends..

Hello everyone. I am sorry I have been a bit distant on the blog recently. I had a pretty busy weekend and then something happened that took me by surprise and has knocked me off balance. I don’t really like to go into too much personal detail on my blog – one, to give myself some privacy in a very social media active life, but also because I want to ensure my blog is mostly a positive place. So I won’t go into the detail of what happened but all I can say is that I haven’t felt the best and happiest in the last few days. What is amazing though about hard times in life, is realising  how amazing friendships are and how much your friends and family will do for you. In the last few days my friends (and family) have been a HUGE rock of support for me and I really can’t express enough how lucky and thankful I am to have so many amazing people around me that care about me and are there to help me when I am down.

 Good friends..

“Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them. Your smile, your hope, and your courage.” ~ Doe Zantamata

I am truly blessed and touched by having so many incredible people in my life that love me and are there for me whenever I need them, be it with cuddles, cooking me food, just listening to me or for making me smile again. Friends are the best, don’t you think? Happy Hump Day everyone!


  
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